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Sneak Peak: Sesame Street's Pinball Number Count remake

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Drtooth, May 19, 2010.

  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    A winner in the Aniboom contest for best remake of Pinball Number Count has finally been chosen. And I gotta say, this one is REALLY cute. This one will premier in season 41

    you can catch it here

    Nice twist. uses the same song, but DOESN'T use a pinball machine... but uses the same whole aesthetic. Only thing I don't like is how it's been truncated musically.
  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I can't watch it because of my browser obviously, but the idea of the Pinball Number Count being remade for today's audiences is bound to upset quite a few old-school fans.
  3. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Well-Known Member

    Nice, I didn't know there was a contest like that. :p

    Still you're right as there is no pinball machine involved, but the music is a nice reminder. :wisdom:
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm sure that some oldschoolers are gonna whine about the whole thing, while not appreciating the effort on the part of the animators (and I think this dude was brilliant)... but hey, it's not like the other 11 older segments have been locked up, never to see the light of day again.

    I'm sure they'll put it up on Youtube soon, though.

    Who said it had to? There are several different entries, and the ones I feel work best are the ones that DIDN'T copy the original in any form. While it didn't win, there's another really good one called "Planet 12" that uses the same music, but goes on a completely different tangent with a spaceman and aliens. There are some that DID copy the original, and I'm looking at them now. Not as much fun as the winner, though.
  5. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks for posting the winner. Many of these are excellent.

    I really liked “Rank 5: Pinball Number 12 Reanimated.” Very impressive in that it retains the elements of the original and yet has more subtle modern updates visually and audibly.

    Kudos to Sesame Workshop for bringing this classic to the forefront for a new generation.
  6. Ben Varkentine

    Ben Varkentine New Member

    Ok, I give...after spending what seems like over an hour poking around that site, I can't find anywhere where all the entries for this contest, and them alone, are posted.

    I don't want to have to click through 400 vids...what am I missing?
  7. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    It is nice to see a modern animation take on the Pinball Number Count classic. But I think I'm still gonna prefer the original classic- but it's cool if a newer version introduces it to kids today. Though for the record, today's kids also enjoy the original animated classics, as my nephews can attest to. But in any case, it's cool to see Sesame Street bringing a classic to the forefront again- they've done this numerous times with other songs with live puppets- why not one of their animated classics?:super:
  8. Shmuel

    Shmuel New Member

    Well, the contest in general wasn't confined to pinball number videos; that was only one category of it. As per the rules, entries for all categories were posted into one common pool.

    WIth that said, if you do a search for "pinball" on that site, you'll find about thirty versions.
  9. kymie

    kymie Member

    Wow! They are great! That used to be my favorite number section in Sesame Street, as I loved all the bright colors! I wish they would rerun Sesame Street from the beginning over here (uk)
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah... I can't remember all the different categories, but one of them was Pinball number Count. There are a lot of good ones, and a lot of ones that are just okay. There's one that has some pretty cute imagery, but the segment repeats the same footage over and over. Which is a shame, because I really liked how it looked overall. One doesn't even used the music for some reason, putting some lame generic tune (no lyrics either) over it, and it ruins the piece completely.

    But this Italian stop motion one - as Red would put it, the one that won- is my favorite of the bunch. It took the entire thing, managed to keep the aesthetic of the original, but did something entirely original with it. Heck, I like the look of it BETTER than the original. I never was a huge fan of the ball falling into that vortex on the second count of 12.
  11. wiley207

    wiley207 Well-Known Member

    It may not be the original animation, but at least they finally brought back the classic song! :D

    Usually I don't mind when they remake classic skits, such as Ernie's "Rubber Duckie" from 1998, or the new version of the "La-la-la" song that takes place in Ernie and Bert's apartment instead of behind the brick wall.
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    As much as I hate to admit it, but I actually prefer how the newer Rubber Duckie segment looks over that drab blue background they had for the other one.

    I really like when they chose to remake older skits with the older audio and just freshen up the look.

    There's one there that's a TOTAL CGI remake of the first 30 seconds of it. I would have loved to see the whole thing in the style of that one. Some of the others are pretty... well... bland.
  13. Muppetto

    Muppetto Active Member

  14. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    I have to agree with your statement Phil. It's good that Sesame Workshop is able to give the new generation something they can enjoy as much as we did. It's very easy for us to forget that Sesame Workshop is doing its job and puts Sesame Street into the forefront of a younger audience than they used to in the beginning. Elmo may be used to help stimulate the audience, but Big Bird and the rest of the gang will live on just as much as him. That's my thought and I hope others can support that.
  15. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    I think the two linked are both GORGEOUS! Nice use of stop-motion animation styles. I love the use of the classic song and the colours are stunning!

    You can view the others here: http://www.aniboom.com/animation/Tag/Awards4_Submissions/Awards4_Submissions

    Can I also mention that I think this video is (nice and artsy) and good in terms of its intended messages, but I also think this video is terrible in terms of the food-messages it subconciously contains! -- http://www.aniboom.com/animation-video/437583/You-Are-What-You-Eat/
  16. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    It's different. Miss the pinball machine; but, wasn't it great?
  17. ISNorden

    ISNorden Well-Known Member

    Using only the music or only the animation from the original Pinball Count series (as most of the nominees did) doesn't do it justice. I'm surprised that this clip didn't rank higher than fifth place; if I'd been on the committee, it'd probably make number 1. A classic series deserves a remake that uses enough new elements for the target audience, but also enough old ones for viewers who grew up with the original.
  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I actually didn't get to see that one until yesterday, and I think the cover of the music REALLY makes it pop. I still like the Italian animated one a tiny bit better... it has a certain Sesame Street quality to it. And it seems to be similar to the look of Bert and Ernie's Great Adventure. But the other one has a very smashing look to it, and the cover is quite catchy. There are some very good ones, but there's ones that I feel miss the mark somehow. There's one that was just pretty meh, and I didn't watch it the whole way through.
  19. Davina

    Davina Well-Known Member

    still working through them but (even being and "old schooler") I think they're great.. much as i love the originals, the updated animation really seems to make em pop.. not always as keen about some of the remixed audios, but the video components are great
  20. johnpeters999

    johnpeters999 Well-Known Member

    I have just found out about this, but I have to say that is pretty good :)

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